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Inside this toaster-sized cube is a really capable NAS server, domain controller, remote access gateway, streaming media player and it makes server administration and file-sharing a snap. The server runs Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, which has all the cool small-business and home-server features that existed in previous releases, like a simple UI dashboard for management tasks and it has the latest storage features found in Windows Server, including SMB 3, iSCSI target, NFS, DFS, Quotas, file-screens, file classification, storage spaces, RDMA, and much more.

For me, the most compelling features of this server are the powerful components and the redundant options that keep the server running. This single server comes with 2 power supplies – which I think is a brilliant addition — if one of the A/C adapters blows up, or your breaker trips on one electrical circuit, the server can continue running. The data on the hard disks is protected with redundancy using Storage Spaces and it can be setup in dual or triple-mirrored configurations to ensure zero data loss even in the event of a 2-drive failure.

Inside the box are some pretty nice components:

XEON E3-1265LV2 QUAD core* processor – this is more power than most boxes this size that use Atom processors or even smaller SOCs.failure. Inside the box are some pretty nice components: The DS6100 I played with had 16GB

The DS6100 I played with had 16GB of ECC memory and 4x4TB WD datacenter-class drives for a whopping 16TB inside.this size that use Atom processors or even smaller SOCs. Up to 16GB ECC memory Can

Up to 16GB ECC memory4x4TB WD datacenter-class drives for a whopping 16TB inside. Can use RAID or built-in Storage Spaces

Can use RAID or built-in Storage Spacesdrives for a whopping 16TB inside. Up to 16GB ECC memory Dual DC-in power supply ports

Dual DC-in power supply portsto 16GB ECC memory Can use RAID or built-in Storage Spaces Two dedicated 2.5” boot drives

Two dedicated 2.5” boot drives with the operating system installed, preconfigured in RAID-1or built-in Storage Spaces Dual DC-in power supply ports Dual GbE ports that can be easily

Dual GbE ports that can be easily teamed together, and it can leverage the SMB multichannel feature that will automatically balance file transfers across all the network adapters in the system. I has able to easily saturate both ports and got 200Mb per second consistently over the network. That is a pretty healthy transfer rate and it met my needs pretty well.with the operating system installed, preconfigured in RAID-1 Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: Simple IT-pro dashboard

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:

Simple IT-pro dashboard lets you configure the most common server settings, create new users and reset their passwords with ease.met my needs pretty well. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials: Centralized backup for up to 50

Centralized backup for up to 50 PC/Mac users via Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentialscreate new users and reset their passwords with ease. Built in domain controller and full support

Built in domain controller and full support for Active Directory services.up to 50 PC/Mac users via Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Built-in remote-access gateway. Give your

Built-in remote-access gateway. Give your entire organization access to their files from anywhere on the net.2012 R2 Essentials Built in domain controller and full support for Active Directory services. 2 of

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Built-in integration with Azure Backup and Office 365 There

Built-in integration with Azure Backup and Office 365

There are a couple other reviews online, the general consensus is very positive:

– Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DS6100 (http://www.wegotserved.com/2013/12/08/review- western-digital-wd-sentinel-ds6100/) – “One of the first small business servers to ship with Microsoft's new Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the WD Sentinel DS6100 offers high-end performance in a sleek and compact package. For those that need the power, the Sentinel offers strong performance and simplicity in spades.”

– Small Business Server Review: WD Sentinel DS6100 (http://www.smallbusinesscomputing.com/print /ProductReviews/Hardware/small-business-server-review-wd-sentinel-ds6100.html) – “Virtually every small business would benefit from having a server, but countless small firms—say, those with one up to a couple dozen employees—do without one under the misguided impression that the benefits don’t justify the cost and effort it takes to buy, run, and maintain a server. If that describes your company, you may want to take a close look at WD’s new Sentinel DS6100 small business server (http://www.wdc.com /en/products/products.aspx?id=1160) , which packs a full-featured Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials operating system and gobs of redundant storage into a powerful and moderately-priced box…”

While this blog is focused on Windows Storage Server, I really think that this hardware and the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Operating System makes for a fantastic NAS device — you get all the cool remote-access, PC backup, media streaming and management features that were originally developed in Windows Home Server and you get a plethora of the Windows Server features found in the high-end versions.

Well done WD!

Cheers, Scott Johnson Senior Program Manager Windows Storage Server @supersquatchy (http://www.twitter.com/supersquatchy)

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I’d love this box with Windows Storage Server (or even Standard/Datacenter 2012 R2) instead of Essentials.

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Essentials can be easily upgraded to Standard.

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